2018 Year in Review: Murder cases in north Iowa, southern Minnesota

Looking back at some of the major court cases of 2018.

Posted: Dec 26, 2018 3:06 PM
Updated: Dec 27, 2018 2:37 PM

Iowa

Cresco man charged with killing wife in domestic situation

CRESCO, Iowa - Court documents shed light on a frightening situation where authorities say Brian Fullhart, 34, shot and killed his wife, Zoanne, before threatening police.
According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fullhart is facing charges of first-degree murder and going armed with intent and is being held in the Winneshiek County Jail on $1 million bond.

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Police were called to 700 S. Elm St. at 1:22 a.m. after a report of shots fired. Law enforcement responded and spoke with a witness who said Brian Fullhart had possession of a handgun and they heard an altercation between him and his wife.

Chad Dietrick charged with killing girlfriend in Kossuth County

LAKOTA, Iowa – A woman who police say was murdered in Kossuth County died of multiple stab wounds, according to court documents.
Chad Dietrick, 45, is being held in the Kossuth County Jail and has been charged with the first-degree murder of his live-in girlfriend, Krista Hesebeck, at 202 2nd St. He has also been charged with going armed with intent, a Class D felony.

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According to the criminal complaint, Dietrick told law enforcement that he stabbed the female victim and was found at his parents’ residence at 517 Smith St. in Lakota.

Man facing first-degree murder charge in tiny town of Lu Verne

LU VERNE, Iowa – Jeffrey Winters, 60, of Livermore, is facing a first-degree murder charge in connection to a Kossuth County death.
The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office has identified 54-year-old Randy Merle Page, of LuVerne, as the person killed.

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Winters has been arrested and is being held in the Kossuth County Jail on $2M cash only bond.
Page was found deceased in his garage Monday at 202 Hanna Ave. after a woman reported finding her husband unresponsive, according to court documents.
Police found four 9mm bullet casings near the body.

Authorities: Beating turns into murder charges against Winneshiek Co. teens

DECORAH, Iowa – Murder charges have now been filed against two teens in northeast Iowa.

Dalton Adam, 18 of Decorah, and Jacob Seelinger, 17 of Decorah, were arrested in July and accused of beating David Hansen, 46 of Decorah.
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Hansen died from his injuries in August and Adan and Seelinger are now facing 1st degree murder charges.

Rochester

Alexander Weiss 2nd-degree murder charge

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Court documents detail tense moments prior to 25-year-old Alexander Weiss shooting 17-year-old Muhammed Rahim after a traffic accident.

On Wednesday, Weiss was charged with second-degree murder in the case and was held on $200,000 for unconditional bond and $75,000 for conditional bond just after 11 a.m.

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According to the criminal complaint, Weiss told police in the moments just before the shooting that Rahim “got in his face” and spit on him before Rahim “grabbed at Weiss’ gun.”

Weiss said after that, he shot Rahim once.

Documents state Weiss told officers that he saw a Chevy Cavalier hit the sewer gate on the north side of 31st St. NE. Weiss said he drove his Subaru near the Cavalier and the Cavalier backed into Weiss’ vehicle

Police: Verbal confrontation led to Rochester murder

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Sao Yim Jr., 24 of Rochester, is charged with 2nd degree murder for the March 12 killing of Ahmed Muafaq Abdulhu Al Naddf, 40, who was found shot to death in the 2800 block of Charles Court NW in Rochester. Yim is also charged with possession of a firearm after being convicted of a crime of violence.

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Yim has pleaded not guilty and his trial is now scheduled to begin on May 13, 2019.

Eric Tyler Lee, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to aiding an offender in this case and was previously sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.

Two stabbed to death as Rochester has first double murder in more than 2 decades

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Officers had left the scene just 10 minutes before a fatal double stabbing Saturday night, authorities said Monday.
Phillip Hicks, one of two victims who died Saturday, called police at 6:29 p.m. Saturday about a verbal altercation he was having with Glenn Johnson. This is the first double murder in Rochester in more than two decades.

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Police arrived at the Castleview Apartments at 6:37 p.m. and determined that nothing criminal had happened and cleared the scene at 7:05 p.m. The building is managed by The Salvation Army.
Ten minutes later, the call about the stabbings of Hicks, 57, and 45-year-old Eric Alan Flemming was received. Both died from stab wounds to the chest and torso areas.

3 facing second-degree murder charges in trailer park shooting death

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Three people are in custody and Rochester Police tell us they are tied to a trailer park homicide.

Authorities said Kielah Parsons, Malcolm Woods, and Darien Kristopher Klindworth-Woods are facing 2nd degree murdger charges for the fatal shooting of Brandon Arndt.

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Arndt was found shot in the head September 10, inside his trailer home on the 1900 block of Marion Road Southeast.

Arndt was declared dead at the scene.

Southern Minnesota

Son charged with murder of mother in Austin  

AUSTIN, Minn. – Authorities say a son killing his mother was over some medication.

The Austin Police Department says it was called around 7:34 p.m. to a domestic disturbance at 411 2nd Avenue SE. Officers say 60-year-old Susan Spoors told them her son, 34-year-old Russell Allen Spoors, was repeatedly asking her for his medication even though he had already taken it. Susan Spoors said she had been at the hospital that morning with her son because she thought he had overdosed.

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Spoors reportedly told an officer she was scared of her son because she has to hide his medication in her room and when she leaves, he looks through her things to find it. The officer says Spoors also said her son gets violent and throws things around. She reportedly said she was afraid her son would harm her.

Police say they arranged for a place where Susan Spoors could stay but she decided to remain at home.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 57162

Reported Deaths: 1660
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Hennepin18197820
Ramsey7047261
Dakota4049103
Anoka3410113
Stearns284220
Washington193843
Nobles17496
Olmsted163523
Scott141017
Mower10842
Rice10028
Blue Earth8595
Wright8205
Carver7922
Clay75240
Kandiyohi6771
Sherburne6577
St. Louis45319
Todd4202
Lyon4163
Freeborn3551
Steele3331
Nicollet32013
Benton3103
Watonwan2990
Winona24916
Crow Wing21313
Martin2045
Le Sueur2021
Beltrami2000
Chisago1821
Otter Tail1793
Goodhue1778
Cottonwood1730
Becker1471
Pipestone1439
McLeod1400
Unassigned14040
Polk1353
Itasca13412
Douglas1320
Waseca1300
Pine1280
Carlton1260
Dodge1230
Murray1221
Isanti1100
Chippewa991
Brown852
Faribault840
Meeker832
Morrison821
Wabasha820
Sibley802
Rock750
Koochiching743
Pennington731
Jackson700
Mille Lacs683
Cass622
Fillmore610
Renville605
Lincoln540
Swift521
Grant511
Yellow Medicine490
Roseau460
Pope450
Houston390
Norman370
Hubbard320
Redwood320
Marshall290
Kanabec281
Wilkin283
Aitkin270
Mahnomen241
Wadena230
Big Stone220
Red Lake200
Lake180
Stevens160
Clearwater150
Traverse100
Lac qui Parle60
Kittson30
Cook20
Lake of the Woods10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

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Confirmed Cases: 46100

Reported Deaths: 887
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk9781203
Woodbury365651
Black Hawk302262
Linn214587
Johnson195915
Dallas179635
Buena Vista178612
Scott161512
Dubuque154929
Marshall139424
Pottawattamie122723
Story111714
Wapello85032
Muscatine83048
Webster7366
Crawford7213
Sioux6022
Cerro Gordo57917
Tama53929
Warren5341
Jasper45825
Wright4441
Plymouth4438
Louisa37814
Dickinson3754
Clinton3213
Washington28810
Hamilton2411
Boone2312
Franklin2256
Bremer1927
Clarke1883
Carroll1821
Emmet1812
Clay1711
Shelby1691
Hardin1660
Marion1550
Allamakee1504
Poweshiek1508
Benton1451
Jackson1411
Des Moines1392
Mahaska13617
Floyd1312
Guthrie1285
Jones1242
Cedar1201
Hancock1172
Butler1152
Buchanan1141
Henry1143
Pocahontas1141
Lyon1060
Madison1052
Clayton993
Cherokee981
Harrison980
Lee973
Taylor930
Humboldt921
Delaware911
Iowa901
Monona900
Winneshiek861
Mills830
Calhoun822
Fayette810
Sac810
Palo Alto800
Kossuth780
Osceola780
Jefferson770
Winnebago770
Mitchell760
Page760
Grundy741
Union721
Monroe677
Worth610
Chickasaw510
Davis501
Lucas504
Howard490
Cass481
Montgomery453
Appanoose433
Greene380
Fremont350
Van Buren331
Keokuk311
Ida290
Audubon281
Decatur220
Adair210
Ringgold211
Wayne181
Adams160
Unassigned00
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